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Fishing Rules

All Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit. Chumming permitted. Release TROUT.
Mar 01 thru Oct 22
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Night closure.
Sep 01 thru Oct 22


Additional Information


From mouth (Hwy. 240 Bridge) to 400' below Prosser Dam (690)
Downstream of Hwy. 240 Bridge Columbia River rules apply.

Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 14)
Barbless hooks required for Salmon/Steelhead (p. 14)

CLOSED WATERS - Sept. 1-Oct. 22: from 400' downstream to 400' upstream of the USBR Chandler Powerhouse/Pumping station
All species - Sept. 1-Oct. 22: from the Grant Ave. Bridge in Prosser downstream approximately 1.25 miles to the downstream side of the westbound I-82 Bridge: fishing from a floating device prohibited.
Mar. 1-Aug. 31: anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement except for STURGEON.

Other Game Fish No min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.

Lower Yakima River spring chinook fishery to close, upper section remains open

Action: Closes the lower two sections of the Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon but the upper section will remain open.
Effective date: June 18, 2018.
Species affected: Spring chinook salmon.
A. The Hwy. 240 Bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0), about 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam. B. The Wine Country Rd. Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.3), about 1,300 feet upstream of Prosser Dam, to the State Route 241 (Sunnyside - Mabton Hwy.) Bridge (river mile 59.8).
Reason for action: Spring chinook daily counts at Prosser have declined substantially, signaling the end of the 2018 run in this area of the Yakima River. Salmon fishing will remain open through Sunday, June 17.
Additional information from WDFW

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Benton/Yakima/Kittitas State: WA Country: United States

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